The Ford Explorer PHEV sits on top of the world’s tallest free-standing climbing tower

Ford The Explorer Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is located at the top of Norway’s tallest free-standing climbing tower in the world. This vehicle will stay there for almost a month in August. This activity is part of a sports climbing challenge conducted by Ford, where automakers collaborated with champion climber Martin Mobroten.

Ford recently invited climbers from Norway to climb the 47-meter OVER climbing tower and set the fastest time to reach the summit. The 21-year-old winner, Ketil Bøe, won a two-year free lease of the seven-seater Explorer SUV and the OVER Tower Trophy, a 1/100 scale 3D printed replica. He completed the climbing activity in 3 minutes and 33 seconds.

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NS Ford The Explorer PHEV is powered by the EcoBoost gasoline engine, which combines a 13.6kWh battery with an electric motor. It produces 457PS and 825Nm of torque, delivering 0-100 km / h acceleration in 6 seconds. It has a traction capacity of up to 2,500 kg and a WLTP rated mileage of 42 km with pure power.

Together, Ford and Mobroten have created a challenging route throughout the tower for climbers starting from the ground and reaching vehicles above the tower.

To place the Explorer PHEV at the top of the tower, Ford has created a special platform to support the vehicle at the top of the tower’s hair-growth overhang. It took six months to plan the implementation of the activity, including a detailed investigation by engineers and architects to ensure that the climbing tower can safely support the additional weight of the platform and SUV.

Apart from climbers, Ford plans to reward tower visitors who reach the summit where SUVs are stored, despite using the stairs. Visitors are promised a free limited edition T-shirt and the opportunity to take a photo in the vehicle. The Ford Explorer PHEV sits on top of the world’s tallest free-standing climbing tower

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